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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Ready to take charge of your chronic pain condition? 

Get in touch with a program navigator to find the right workshop for you. 

Contact one of our friendly program navigators at 239-343-9264!

Join our community workshops

Complimentary · Convenient · Community Locations or Virtual Sessions

Workshops meet once a week for six weeks, 2.5 hours in length. Originally developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, the program provides you with the tools to self-manage any chronic pain condition. Chronic pain conditions include arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, complex regional pain syndrome and migraines.

Learn more about the tools you will learn during the workshop

Physical Activity

Many individuals with chronic pain do not think they should engage in physical activities in fear of creating more pain. Learn how this assumption is wrong and how physical activity can actually decrease your pain, and improve your quality of life. 

Problem-Solving

We all face problems when managing a chronic pain condition and navigating the complexities of life. Learn one of the most important self-management tools that we have - steps to solve problems.

Pacing and Planning

When suffering from chronic pain, many individuals either overdo or underdo activities, both resulting in increased pain. Learn tips to effectively pace and plan your activities so that you can accomplish your daily tasks, without increasing your pain.

Using Your Mind

Our mind is a powerful tool to help us control our chronic pain conditions. This workshop will showcase distraction techniques, positive thinking, guided imagery, and a relaxation body scan.

Action-Planning

Another important self-management tool. Once you identify a problem, now it is time to take action. Learn how to make an action plan, which is a tool you can use for life!

Decision-Making

Many decisions have to be made when living with a chronic pain condition. Often, it may be difficult to decide what course of action is best for you. During the workshop, you will learn a process for making decisions that you can have confidence in.

Sleep

Poor sleep is a common concern among individuals with chronic pain conditions. Learn strategies to help you get a more restful night of sleep and feel more energized.

Working with Health Professionals

It can be challenging to effectively collaborate with your health care team and organizations. Learn tips to improve your relationships with your health care providers and organizations.

Communication

Poor communication is not good for our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn how to use “I” messages to better communicate with significant others and health professionals to promote improved well-being.

Breathing Techniques

Better breathing can help us manage our chronic pain conditions, decrease our stress, and is important to utilize when doing physical activity. We will practice breathing techniques during the workshop. 

Healthy Eating

Good nutrition plays an important role in managing chronic pain conditions. Learn general healthy eating principles, how to read food labels, and foods that help to decrease pain and inflammation. 

Medications

Nearly 50 percent of all medications are not taken by patients as ordered. Learn tips on how to become more compliant with taking your medication and how to overcome common barriers to taking the medication. We will also discuss addiction to opioids. 

Understanding Emotions

Emotional ups and downs are normal when managing a chronic pain condition. Explore these emotions and learn techniques for managing the negative feelings often associated when living with a variety of medical conditions.

Ready to take charge of your chronic pain condition? Call 239-343-9264 to register for an upcoming workshop.

Manage symptoms without medication

From back pain to headaches to arthritis, millions of Americans are living with chronic pain. “Chronic pain is when you have pain longer than approximately two to three months,” explained Sharon Krispinsky, a chronic health program coordinator with Lee Health. Krispinsky works with patients living with chronic pain to help them better manage their symptoms without medication. “The people that come to our workshops very often tell us they do not want to be on pain medication, that they don’t like the side effects, “she said. By focusing on their diet, physical activity, and sleep, the chronic pain workshop teaches patients other modalities in managing their pain. “First, we start with general healthy nutrition principles, which mean lots of fruits and vegetables, primarily nonstarchy vegetables. Then we can look at Omega threes like your fatty fish. We want to look at making sure patients have enough Vitamin D, magnesium-rich foods, and really limit caffeine,” Krispinsky explained. A poor diet can not only cause more inflammation, but it can also increase your risk of developing a chronic health condition. “We do instruct very gentle flexibility programs and the importance of getting physical activity because it actually works to reduce your pain in many cases,” she said. It’s also important to get eight hours of sleep a day and maintain normal sleep and wake time. “In the workshops we teach techniques and tools to help you get a good night’s sleep,” Krispinsky said. Things like meditation, mindfulness, distraction techniques, and positive self-talk, can also help patients manage their chronic pain and better communicate their symptoms to their family and physician.